Friday, September 30, 2016

Art Tatum - The Complete Capitol Recordings, vol. 2

Genius is a term that in our increasingly disposable culture is bestowed all too lightly. In the case of the near-blind jazz pianist Art Tatum, however, the appellation not only is richly deserved, it's the only one that begins to do justice to his prodigious technical command and the unexampled artistry with which he directed it. Tatum was, simply, the single greatest, most accomplished instrumentalist jazz has ever seen, and was without peer in the art of jazz piano which he performed with such dazzling virtuosity, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic resourcefulness, and astonishing levels of controlled imaginative fertility as to leave all others in the shade. And while jazz has had its share of brilliant pianists, some before him and many more since he showed the way, no one's ever come close to equaling, let alone surpassing Tatum's towering achievement.
This is as true now as it was five-and-a-half decades ago when, after moving to New York City from his native Toledo, Ohio, he set the jazz world on its collective ear with the virtuosic keyboard style he introduced on the first solo recordings he made in March of 1938. With those four mesmerizing performances — an instant sensation among listeners and, more important, other musicians who began to spread the word about the new arrival — Tatum's reputation was made and his career in jazz's major leagues launched. Over the ensuing two-dozen years of his life (he died of uremic poisoning in 1956), during which he utterly dominated jazz piano and recorded hundreds of performances, his music changed remarkably little from what was revealed in those first sides: a keyboard approach of such dazzling technical mastery, harmonic sophistication and boundless melodic-rhythmic inventiveness as to completely redefine the idiom...
Pete Welding, from the booklet

Source :

Art Tatum
The Complete
Capitol Recordings
(vol. 2)


1 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  3:05
2 You Took Advantage of Me (Hart, Rodgers)  3:11
3 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Arlen, Koehler)  2:52
4 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  3:00
5 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:40
6 Goin' Home (Dvorak)  3:06
7 Blue Skies (Berlin)  2:49
8 It's the Talk of the Town (Livingston, Neiburg, Symes)  3:16
9 Dancing in the Dark (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:54
10 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  3:05
11 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  3:15
12 (Back Home Again In) Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald)  3:23
13 Lover (Hart, Rodgers)  3:07
14 Would You Like to Take a Walk ? (Dixon, Rose, Warren)  3:31


[# 1-10]
Art Tatum - p
Recorded in Los Angeles ; September 29, 1949
[# 11-14]
Art Tatum - p
Everett Barksdale - g
Slam Stewart - b
Recorded in New York ; December 20, 1952


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Leonid Ostapenko said...

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crispi said...

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Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

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kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Prof. Yaffle said...

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Kovina Kris said...

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